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productivity starter pack

Our podcast's productivity starter pack featuring episodes from Optimal Living Daily

No matter where you live or what your schedule looks like, all of us have twenty-four hours per day.

Procrastination might seem to be a natural thing to do when you don't exactly want to do something. Before you know it, weeks or months have flown by and you find yourself not getting any closer to where you'd really like to be in life.

So how do you make the best usage of your time, on a short-term or long-term basis? How do you start each day knowing that you'll manage your time efficiently?

These episodes will help you learn productivity and time management tips from some of the world's best personal development experts.

Productivity Starter Pack: Podcast Episodes

Here are a selection of episodes covering the topic of productivity.

Feel free to select the episode which resonates the most with you, or check them all out to gather the tips you'd most like to apply in your own life!

1. Sloww.co on Timeboxing

Learn more about Kyle Kowalski or read the original post.

Timeboxing (also known as time blocking) is exactly what it sounds like: you allocate a fixed period of time known as a timebox in order to do a specific activity. It's used in project management and “helps make your to-do-list a to-done-list.” Listen to this episode for Kyle's ten tips on getting started with timeboxing.

2. Brian Tracy on Priorities and Time Management

Learn more about Brian Tracy or read the original post.

Personal success authority Brian Tracy shares how the ABCDE method helps you to prioritize your tasks, so that you allocate time to what you value the most.

3. Nir Eyal on How to Be Less Distracted

Learn more about Nir Eyal or read the original post.

Can tedious tasks actually be fun to do? Nir shares how there is novelty to be found even in the most mundane of activities, and how to focus intently to make the most of tedious tasks that you cannot avoid.

4. Michael Mehlberg on Science Backed Habits to Improve Productivity

Learn more about Michael Mehlberg or read the original post.

Did you know that sleep is the single most important thing that you need for a successful day? Michael shares two other science-backed habits that will set you up for a life of success through optimizing your levels of productivity.

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5. Chalene Johnson on To-Do Lists

Learn more about Chalene Johnson or read the original post.

You may very well have grocery to-do lists. You'll need a little bit more strategy when it comes to the to-do lists related to your bigger dreams and life goals. Chalene shares how her list approach can help you focus your energy and feel less anxious. Learn why she writes her daily to-do list at the same time, every day.

6. Chris Guillebeau on Enjoying Life

Learn more about Chris Guillebeau or read the original post.

As Chris points out in his episode, “When time is gone, it's gone forever.” But it's not all bad news. Learn about how taking time to enjoy and savor life experiences can be a part of getting things done through Chris's reflection.

7. Mia on Boosting Personal Efficiency

Learn more about Mia or read the original post

Have you tried doing a weekly review of how you spent your time in the past seven days? Mia expresses how it's like letting your mind and life have a reset with each evaluation. Doing it throughout the year gives you 52 chances to start afresh. As Mia mentions in Step 5 of her post, remember to celebrate little wins along the way on your dream-chasing journey.

8. Helene Massicotte on a To Don't List

Learn more about Helene Massicotte or read the original post.

I loved the idea of a to-don't list when I first heard of it via this episode! As the top comment on the post (by SavvyJames) goes, “I like the letting go of involved with this approach – the things you know you will never get around to doing, therefore making more space for the things you absolutely want to do.”

Try it — you might find it not just highly effective, but liberating and refreshing.

9. The Altris Team on Finding Time to Focus

Learn more about The Altris Team or read the original post.

If you mind is always wandering off to different things, this episode's for you. Learn how to improve your focus on performance through single-tasking instead of multi-tasking, and more.

10. Christine Carter on Unplugging from Work

Learn more about Christine Carter or read the original post.

Like the episode in point #4 above which stresses the importance of getting enough sleep, Christine shares how unplugging from work helps you think about — and schedule in — productive or happy ways to spend your time outside of work hours.

Where Do I Go From Here?

We hope you've enjoyed this productivity starter pack.

Let us know which episode or tips were your favorite from this list, and what great things you're going to get to with your improved sense of time management.

You can also check out our motivational quotes collections or view our other starter packs.


Editor's Note: We have six shows in our podcast network to optimize your life in multiple areas (health, personal finance, and more).

To learn more, visit our “start here” page or click on each logo below to learn more about each show! 


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Jess Chua

Jess writes and edits content for the Optimal Living Daily podcast network. Her interests include personal growth, cooking, and spending time with her pets.
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